Havant Chamber Orchestra will play a poignant concert on Saturday 15 October in memory of its late leader Brian Howells who died from Covid-19 in April 2020.
Appointed leader of HCO from 1997, Brian (pictured) had a distinguished career as principal second violin with Bournemouth Sinfonietta and before that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC New Orchestra in Bristol. He played with many local professional ensembles including Southern Pro Musica while also being in great demand as a leader of amateur orchestras.
In tribute to Brian, HCO will play Crisantemi, a short piece for strings by Puccini which the orchestra originally performed, at Brian’s suggestion, at Emsworth in 2017. The second piece chosen by the orchestra is Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante which Brian was the violin soloist for back in February 2013. This time the soloists are Laura Rickard and Elliott Perks. Local music lovers may know Laura as the artistic director of Romsey Chamber Music Festival, while viola player Elliott is an active member of Maxwell Quartet.
HCO will finish its performance with Mozart’s Symphony No 33, written when the composer was just 23 years of age. A joyful end to a concert celebrating Brian’s musical life.
The concert conducted by Robin Browning is being held at Holy Trinity Church, Fareham on Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm.